Fellaini seemed destined to leave Man United as the expiration of his current contract on Sunday was quickly approaching after he rejected a renewal offer back in September.
The Belgian midfielder has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the option of a further year though, and his manager is pleased with the ultimate outcome of the saga.
Following the announcement, which has received a mixed reception from United fans, Mourinho told the club website: “I am very happy Marouane is staying with us. I always believed in his desire to stay with the club and I am delighted that he has signed a new contract.”
Mourinho and Fellaini have built a special relationship during their time together at Old Trafford, starting when the former made the effort to personally phone the 6’4 star just a day after he was appointed boss in May 2016.
The United manager publicised his wish that the Belgium international would stay on a number of occasions throughout the 2017-18 season, most recently after he headed in a late winner during the 2-1 win over Arsenal in April.
Fellaini said thanks to his boss Mourinho after signing on the dotted line, stating: “I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me.”
He’ll now link up with the rest of the squad in the United States for pre-season once his duties at the World Cup this summer are over, in which he’s in the round of 16 against Japan with Belgium.